Ram Restaurant & Brewery
Active Beers: 13
Beer Ratings: 41
Beer Avg: 3.7
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 14 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by bigkingken:
2.9/5 rDev -15.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5 | $$
RAM is huge and beautiful. The bar is cavernous with rock walls, lots of televisions and a sky scraping ceiling. Neon lights proudly proclaim "Boise's tallest bar" near the ceiling. I've not been to the actual dining rooms here, or the attached additional restaurant, but I've been impressed by the bar.
The food is your basic chain fare though on the higher end. The onion rings are hand battered and fried. The sandwich I had featured roast beef, pulled pork, pickles, onions and some sort of mayo. It was tasty, but nothing outstanding. The other time I visited, I enjoyed a platter of veggies, pita and hummus. Very good, but very easily duplicated. Likely at Safeway.
The beer is pretty run-of-the-mill. Typical RAM beers. All the lighter colored beers were nowhere near hopped enough. The darker beers were pretty good, I think because they don't need as many hops to be good. So stay dark when you visit. The porter and amber were my favorites.
01-27-2010 23:05:17 | More by bigkingken
More User Reviews:
3.43/5 rDev -0.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Went here the other night with my wife after a craving for hot wings. Took a quick look on urbanspoon and boom the closest place with hot wings is the Ram. Heard they had a few of their own brews going on so decided to make the 5 minute trip over. We sat outside, trying to enjoy the last few warm evenings of fall here in Boise. But going through the inside looked pretty nice. Big and open, wood booths, big flatscreen tv's. No problem there.
Seated quickly and I put in an order for the beer flight sampler, came in a ram-head shaped platter. Kinda cool. Honestly nothing stood out to me in terms of flavor, I guess they are well known for the blonde, medals at the GABF?? Anyways IMHO it didn't stand out to me at all. But then again I am not super experience with my palate. It was cool to go through all their beers and go from hoppy to malty, light to dark...points for that I guess.
As for the food, it was alright. Wife got the actual hot wings and I got the hot wing tenders...simply breaded chicken strips dunked in hot wing sauce. Both plates were decent and did the job. Dessert was really what stood out. Got the ice cream cupcakes...amazing...scoops of ice cream in solid chocolate "cups" went really well with their porter.
I also got their seasonal tap oktoberfest...my only gripe with it was that the glass it came in was pretty much encased in ice...and after a few minutes I had chunks of ice in my beer. Obviously a no no...didnt ruin the evening, but that's what stood out.
Service was good overall, we were one of two couples sitting outside and we still had our waiter out there every 5 minutes checking on us.
Overall, not a bad place. Am I going to make it a point to go here every week to eat? No. Will I visit this place again? Sure, eventually.
10-18-2012 16:02:19 | More by TIsherwood
3.88/5 rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Updated 1/27/11: This place is going up in my opinion, after do a few special events, meeting the brewers, and becoming a 'Mug Club' member, I've liked this place a lot recently. Service always tends to be good. I've got knock on their selection a little, as I believe they have to many light/blonde options and not enough heartier beers.
Upgrading their score.
Been 10-15 times.
Atmosphere: Pretty good at the Boise location. The Meridian location feels more like an Applebees though. There is a good feel a the Boise location, big bar, lots of tvs, brick, good table and booth selection.
Quality is ok by me. Service is usually just fine, averaging out the really good trips and a couple less-than-memorable visits.
Selection is always pretty good in my opinion, there are three-four seasonals on taps right not plus the regulars.
Food is above average but still nothing special. I like the pub-style nachos but you pay for them. Burgers are ok but there are never a ton of sides.
Ok place. $5.50 growler fills on Sunday, which is cool.
12-13-2010 18:20:56 | More by Scotchboy
3.68/5 rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
During a visit to see my sister and brother-in-law, we met for a family dinner at the Ram. The first thing I noticed was the family friendly atmosphere and the gimmicky beers and t-shirts/merchandise...particularly the Buttface Amber.
The beer was decent. It reminded me of the Rock Pizza or some similar franchise. The food was not very memorable. Standard brewpub fare.
The service was fine. A typical staff of college aged servers and bartenders. The atmosphere was relatively loud but lively. The place was packed out and I had a pretty decent time with my family.
05-19-2010 03:24:39 | More by djbreezy
1.8/5 rDev -47.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | food: 2 | $$
I took my better half here, and a hour after ordering our food still hadn't come. Due to her gluten-free diet we asked to make sure her salad didn't have any bread(stick) on the plate. When the plate came, after people who had arrived after us had finished eating and come and gone, voila, salad with breadsticks!
To be honest, being a regular visitor to Beervana, the beers are unremarkable, the food uninspiring, and the service uncaring. I guess if you are looking for someplace loud and boisterous to lubricate before or after a BSU football game, this place makes some logical sense. In the end, though the weak link in the chain. I wouldn't visit here again if they paid me. And my review is not based on the above unsatisfactory experience-the reality is that it just isn't that good. Wake up, Boise!
11-13-2008 04:03:44 | More by jdense
3.65/5 rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Originally visited here years ago. It is almost across the street from the BSU Smurf Turf. On weekends and nights it is a college spot due to its location from campus and its nice bar off the downtown area that is nice. During the weekdays its a little more tame and family friendly. The staff was pretty college girls and some guys. The bar itself has a lrage wooden U shape with lots high tables around it on the floor surrounding the bar. Food was average pub grub, beer was your typical Big Horn beer. Worth a stop in if down by the U or around the park area.
05-14-2008 23:10:34 | More by barleywinefiend
3.73/5 rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
This place is a large open space with very high ceilings. The bar has a couple of segments and seats about 30. There are lots of tables in the bar area. There are some nice long skinny tables for larger groups. They offer more booths and tables in dining area. I think they also offer an outdoor area.
For beers they had 6 or 7 regulars and 4 seasonal offerings. These seasonals included a Belgian, a pilsner, a lager and an IPA on nitro. Beers were decent and per style.
I was here twice and each time had a friendly professional bartender. College age wait staff.
The large food menu should have something for just about everyone as they offer a wide variety of salads, appetizers, entrees, etc. Lots of the options employ Ram beers for sauces, marinades, etc. Good to see! I liked my salmon tacos!
As with a lot of Rams, the music is a mishmash of styles and could use a bit of fine-tuning. How do you put the Ramones between Michael Jackson and Anita Baker???
02-22-2008 19:47:05 | More by Redrover
Ram Restaurant & Brewery in Boise, ID
83 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.